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Sleeptalking is very common. It doesn’t harm your child or mean there’s anything wrong.

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There’s a good chance you used to talk in your sleep: almost 70% of people have been sleeptalkers at some stage in life.


Sleeptalking can happen any time, but it usually happens in the earliest stages of deep sleep. This means that even if you can get your child into a sleep conversation, your child probably won’t remember it in the morning.

Children might sleeptalk more regularly if they’re excited or worried about something, such as a concert, a holiday or a test. Talking with your child about the event in a calm and supportive way might help reduce night-time chatter.

Sleeptalking doesn’t harm your child. But it can be annoying for anyone who shares a room with the child. If it keeps other children awake, you might have to change the sleeping arrangements.

Talking during sleep doesn’t mean that your child is worrying about anything, or that your child has psychological concerns. But if you want to double-check, talk to a professional.

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  • Last Updated 15-11-2012
  • Last Reviewed 12-08-2009
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